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Macular Degeneration

Retina Associates of New York

Retina Specialists & Retina Surgeons located in New York, Forest Hills & New Rochelle, NY

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment by a retinal specialist can help slow the progression of this typically age-related condition. The board-certified experts at Retina Associates of New York specialize in diagnosing and treating macular degeneration. This group of talented physicians serves the NYC community from three locations: Upper East Side, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; and New Rochelle. You’ll find the same personalized care and advanced treatment technology available at each facility. Schedule a visit today by calling the closest office or booking your appointment online.

Macular Degeneration Q & A

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a condition that causes a progressive loss of central or “straight-ahead” vision and reduces color clarity. It’s often related to aging and referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It’s the most common cause of decreased vision in people age 50 and older.

The macula is a small spot of light-sensitive tissue at the center of the retina that lines the back of your eye. As you age, the macula thins and loses its ability to provide detailed central and color vision. Worsening AMD may also lead to abnormal, leaky blood vessel growth in the macula, which is known as “wet” AMD.

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

The initial symptoms of AMD can be very subtle, but as it progresses you may notice:

  • Visual distortions, such as straight lines appearing wavy, bent or crooked
  • Decreased clarity or dulling of color vision
  • Blurred, foggy, dark, or empty area in the center of your vision

AMD can eventually lead to the destruction of your central vision. Imagine looking at a clock where only the numbers along the outer border are visible. That’s what occurs when your central vision no longer functions.

How do you treat macular degeneration?

There is no cure for AMD, but early diagnosis and treatment can slow its progression. If you’re over 40, one of the best things you can do for your overall eye health is to have routine comprehensive eye exams which include an evaluation of your retina. Your retina doctor at Retina Associates of New York can spot changes associated with AMD and take steps to protect your vision.

Otherwise, depending on the severity of AMD, treatment may include:

  • Nutritional changes known to benefit macular health, such as carefully balanced supplements that contain lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc
  • Laser treatments to seal leaking blood vessels associated with wet AMD
  • Injections into the back of the eye to slow the growth of abnormal, leaky blood vessels

For a comprehensive evaluation of your retinal health or a detailed discussion of treatment options available for AMD, schedule a visit at Retina Associates of New York today. Call the nearest office or book your appointment online.